If we say cannabis, you will say Delta-9, and why not when it is known to do wonders. However, subtract one from nine, and you will come across this lesser-known cannabinoid called delta-8 THC. It is one of the more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and offers a real legal high. The best part? It doesn’t differ much from its cousin when it comes to its amazing benefits.
Delta-8THC: The secret in delta
Delta-8 THC differs chemically from delta-9-THC only in a few atomic bonds: the double bond is on the 8th carbon instead of the 9th carbon. Therefore, delta-9 has a double bond at carbon 9 in the chain, while delta-8 has a double bond at carbon 8. Finally, double bonds have more electrons than single carbon bonds and interact differently with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). While this difference seems slight, delta-8 THC can offer incredible therapeutic effects with significantly less psychoactive efficacy than delta-9 THC.
What is Delta-8 THC good for?
1. Sit back and relax
By now, you know that consuming Delta-8 THC will get you stoned. It's a clear, well-controlled type of height, so you don't need to be afraid of doing something stupid. Its effects are significantly softer than the effects of alcohol ... that's for sure! There really is something to be said about relaxing with a beautiful Delta-8 bowl. After a hard day's work, there is practically nothing better.
2. Pain? No problem
Phytocannabinoids have strong analgesic or pain-relieving properties. A large group of major cannabinoids, such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabichromene, cannabigerol, cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabivarin and others, are the reason behind its analgesic effects. We can now add delta-8 THC to this extensive list.
A 2018 study provides a clear picture of the effects of delta-8 THC on mice with corneal pain and inflammation. The cornea is a thin, clean outer layer in front of the eye that helps the eye focus light and see clearly. Damage to the sensory nerve endings of the cornea can cause neuropathic corneal pain. Unfortunately, this condition lacks adequate treatment that relieves pain without side effects. Animal studies have shown that topical THC delta-8 has antinociceptive (prevents pain) and inflammation healing effects. The study also brings our attention to the fact that this compound mediates pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects primarily via the CB1 receptor. Delta-8 has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation associated with chemically induced eye injuries.
3. Sleep in peace
Have you tried everything and still can't sleep well? Delta-8 is here to challenge him. Delta-8 THC is calming and relaxing, which allows some people to get a better night's sleep.
Long-term sleep deprivation can push you over the edge. Your immunity, memory, concentration, and blood pressure can be potentially affected by it. You may not know about delta-8 from cannabis and its effect on sleep, as this is not a commonly recommended cure for insomnia. However, with the increase in cannabidiol (CBD), many people have started taking cannabinoids to improve sleep. For those who have already tested this compound for sleep, this cannabinoid comes on the top of their list among natural sleep remedies.
4. Say goodbye to morning sickness
Delta-8 is an excellent antiemetic (medicine for nausea). It is often prescribed to patients on chemotherapy to address nausea/appetite problems that usually accompany this form of treatment. This 1995 study appears to convincingly prove this fact.
5. Improved appetite
Here comes another benefit of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is its use as a powerful appetite stimulant. Researchers are focusing more on the appetite-stimulating properties of delta-9-THC and are showing promising results. Again, most consumers want to avoid the severe psychotropic effects of delta-9 THC while reaping the full benefits. In short, they look for delta-8 THC, which has been shown to improve appetite, but without all the side effects caused by the heavier psychoactive substances.
Delta-8 THC has naturally ingrained anti-anxiety effects from a wide variety of terpenes and cannabinoids. Offers a clear height that doesn't trigger anxiety or confusion, which is why the consumer feels more attentive and in tune with themselves than when using delta-9-THC, heightening senses and enhancing perception, making activities air open more pleasant hiking and cycling.
7. Boost your memory
In addition to treating appetite and nausea, delta-8 THC can also be a useful neuroprotector. This is an exciting step forward for those with Alzheimer's disease as well as dementia. A study found that mice treated with delta-8 THC actually increased acetylcholine levels in the brain. This neurotransmitter serves an important role in learning and memory. Since lower levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer's disease, some believe that delta-8 THC has insane effects for preventing or even reversing the condition.
8. Healthy for eyes
Human has used delta-8 THC for more than 2,500 years ago (if Chinese sources are correct). The NCBI found that there was little evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids could alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with multiple sclerosis. This study looked at the anti-inflammatory effects of Delta-8 on pain relief in mice with severe eye damage. These lesions involved the cornea, so most of the test subjects were visually impaired. This experiment is ethically controversial because the researchers artificially induced eye damage in mice. Their corneas were intentionally damaged by corrosive chemicals, and most were killed at the end of the experiment. Despite all this, they showed that Delta-8 reduced the inflammation associated with chemically induced eye injuries.
9. No hangovers!
Yup! Delta-8 THC can help you with a hangover. Anecdotal evidence shows that this energizing compound will leave you relaxed and clear with unpleasant nausea. Therefore, it doesn't usually cause a peak of euphoria, so you can expect it to relieve a hangover without the anxiety you feel from another tetrahydrocannabinol, such as delta-9-THC.
10. Your cancer remedy
A study cited by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 states that delta-8 THC is considered one of the cannabinoids known to inhibit tumor growth. Delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC and cannabinol (CBN) inhibits the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. Additionally, other cancers have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.